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2016 Cadillac XTS Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Cadillac XTS was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

According to reviewers, the Cadillac XTS' cabin is quiet and attractive, with premium materials that match those of class leaders. Other highlights of the 2016 Cadillac XTS include its generous rear seats and spacious trunk. However, critics complain that the XTS' virtual dashboard controls are much more frustrating than traditional buttons and knobs.

  • "The XTS' cabin is so isolated from outside noise we weren't even sure the engine was running until we checked the tachometer, which assured us it was." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The dashboard features a clean and modern look, while the materials are on par with the best the segment has to offer." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The cabin is quiet and posh with an ultra-modern digital cluster. Our tester was handsomely decked out in black and cream and set off by light pipes, which cast a soft glow in the evenings on the doors and dash." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Seating

The 2016 Cadillac XTS seats five and comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Seating options include heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade.

Auto writers say the XTS' front seats are comfortable but don't offer enough side support to keep you in place during cornering. They note that the XTS' rear seats are among the largest in this class.

  • "The Cadillac XTS gives you the kind of passenger volume you expect from a nearly 17-foot-long luxury sedan. Rear riders in particular will appreciate their ample accommodations." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear seat passengers get about four inches more legroom than in most other four-doors in this price bracket." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Comfortable, leather-trimmed seats are standard, and top-line models also get leather-wrapped interior panels." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The seats are clearly not designed for hard cornering, and as such, they can't keep up with the chassis." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Cadillac XTS include wireless phone charging, Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, proximity key, OnStar with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hot spot, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and the CUE infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch touch screen. According to Cadillac, CUE receives a number of updates for 2016, including a faster processor, a redesigned navigation interface and Apple CarPlay. Cadillac says that Android Auto will become available later in the 2016 model year.

Optional features in the XTS include a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, navigation, a head-up display, a 12.3-inch virtual gauge screen, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

The CUE infotainment system features a touch screen with motion-sensitive buttons below it that control the audio and temperature settings. Test drivers think the touch screen should be fairly straightforward if you know how to use a smartphone. They say the virtual buttons look sleek but are slow to respond when you press them and distracting to use while driving. Many reviewers would prefer traditional buttons and knobs.

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  • Those familiar with smartphone and tablet interfaces should feel at home with CUE's touchscreen, as it uses similar touch, swipe and pinch commands. There are also auxiliary touch-sensitive buttons beneath the touchscreen, and these are a mixed bag. These buttons help control the stereo and climate systems, and they can be a challenge to use if you're trying to drive at the same time. For efficient operation, you may need to look down at the panel for a bit to see what you're pressing, which of course requires you to take your eyes off the road. As slick as this control panel looks, we're not convinced that it's practical enough for prime time." -- Edmunds
  • I appreciate the clean look, but boy do I miss the knobs." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "Regardless of how splendid the rest of the car might have been, the GD haptic controls drove me insane. Note to Cadillac: Just because you saw it at a fancy booth at CES doesn't mean it's a good idea." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "I also found CUE's center stack's buttons - really just thin, polished aluminum bars - finicky. If I didn't touch them in just the right way, they wouldn't respond." -- Mother Proof (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Cadillac XTS has 18 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large for the class. Reviewers note that the XTS' cabin also has a number of useful storage areas for smaller items.

  • "[T]runk space checks in at a commodious 18 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 3-passenger rear seat offers good legroom, and a massive, 18-cubic-foot trunk can swallow five or more suitcases." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "There are a few clever storage cubbies including a compartment to the left of the steering wheel that's perfect for a cellphone and wallet." -- Mother Proof (2013)

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